When deprived of food M. rubrum can multiply for

Range 3 - 4 generations
Organism Ciliate Mesodinium rubrum
Reference Esteban GF, Fenchel T, Finlay BJ. Mixotrophy in ciliates. Protist. 2010 Dec161(5):621-41. doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2010.08.002 p.626 left column top paragraphPubMed ID20970377
Comments P.626 left column top paragraph: "When deprived of food, M. rubrum can multiply for 3–4 generations: after that the number of chloroplasts slowly decreases and eventually the ciliates succumb. The reason why the ciliate has an absolute demand for phagotrophy remains unclear since it only constitutes a small fraction of its need for organic C." This organism is also named Myrionecta rubra
Entered by Uri M
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